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John Galliano gets a break from Whoopi Goldberg; Lady Gaga stays mum

March 3, 2011 |  9:24 pm


The fashion world has been buzzing over the John Galliano scandal for days, but now that he's facing a trial over alleged anti-Semitic comments, celebs and those on the U.S. chat show circuit are pondering the designer's fate.

The women of "The View" discussed Dior's now-defunct leader on Wednesday, and moderator Whoopi Goldberg had some leniency for the designer, recently seen spewing love for Hitler and making shocking Holocaust jokes while imbibing at a Parisian cafe. (The comments captured on video were from a year ago; Galliano faces charges over a Feb. 24 incident at the same restaurant.)

"When you hear someone come off and they're [sober], and they're doing that -- then you can get on and say [that's anti-Semitism]," Goldberg said.

"When you have drunks, that's why drunks get their [butts] kicked all the time," she reasoned.

Barbara Walters disagreed, sticking by the old saying "in vino veritas": In wine there is truth.

"Sex and the City" costume designer Patricia Field put out a statement "In Praise of John Galliano" on Tuesday, said Women's Wear Daily, in which she asked "What is really going on here??" and chastised people in fashion for not seeing the "farce" in what she believes was him "acting out of character."

Back in Paris, Lady Gaga was asked about the topic while doing an interview with Thierry Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti, a pal, after she walked in his Fashion Week presentation.

"Let's skip that question," Gaga said. "Let's keep it positive."

Check out the Whoopi clip above, and Gaga below.


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-- Matt Donnelly